Clovis’ Isler has won at every stop

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Clovis coach J.D. Isler planned to be a dentist before turning to coaching. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White J.D. Isler never gave much thought to being a coach when his playing career ended. Even though basketball was his life growing up near Grady, Isler had his sights on becoming a dentist after […]

Vixens continue to roll in District 3-1A

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Melrose’s Audrey Hemminger shots over Fort Sumner’s Tobea Patterson during the second half of Friday’s game in Melrose. Hemminger finished with a team-high 21 points. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner MELROSE — Melrose’s size matched up reasonably well with Fort Sumner’s speed on Friday night — for a half. Then the Vixens broke […]

Foxes end Melrose’s winning streak

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Fort Sumner’s Ross Cortese tries to split Melrose defenders Caleb Doss and Harvey Park during the first half of Friday’s game in Melrose. Cortese was called for traveling on the play. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner MELROSE — No matter what Melrose did Friday night, the Buffaloes couldn’t get Fort Sumner to crack. […]

Late ACU basket sinks Zias

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Eastern senior Lauren Scarlett, battling Lynsie Blau for a rebound, finished with eight points and eight rebounds. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — A post-game conversation took an unusual turn in the corridors of Greyhound Arena Thursday night, with Abilene Christian coach Shawna Lavender apologizing to Zia coach Dan Buzard for […]

Hounds subdue Abilene Christian

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Eastern senior point guard David Hamilton drives past Abilene Christian’s Cliff Green. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Shawn Scanlan liked the way his two starting big men played Thursday night. Jamaal Hunnicutt recorded a triple-double and Travazz Buckley added a double-double as the Greyhounds beat Abilene Christian 87-61 in Lone […]

Area well-represented in 1A-2A grid clash

By Dave Wagner TEXICO’S MIKE PROKOP WILL coach five members of his Class 1A state championship team in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s Class 1A-2A all-star game, scheduled for June 12 at Western New Mexico University in Silver City. Prokop’s South squad will include guard Bryce Bailey, tackle Jared Curtis and running back […]

Hounds’ Cooper wants to share his knowledge

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Eastern New Mexico University senior Brent Cooper hopes to pass on what he has learned as a player by coaching after he’s done playing collegiately. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior point guard Brent Cooper can think of no bigger assist than to pass along his knowledge […]

Lady Cats ride big second half

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — Cold shooting. Hostile road crowd. Foul trouble. A trio of obstacles the Clovis Lady Wildcats haven’t faced in a while. Regrouping at halftime, Clovis scored the first 22 points of the second half en route to a 53-28 win over Carlsbad on Tuesday in a District 4-5A game. Brittany Blackmon scored […]

Cats take advantage of inside superiority

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Clovis junior Tizrick Phillips chipped in eight points and three assists. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Dave Wagner As expected, the Clovis High boys basketball team got back on the winning track Tuesday night. Now the Wildcats have some time to prepare for rival Hobbs in next Tuesday’s key District 4-5A showdown at Rock Staubus […]

Cats’ slow starts cause for concern

Rick White Of course Clovis coach J.D. Isler is concerned his team has lost three times in five games. But there’s no reason to panic, the third-year Wildcats basketball coach said. “We just need to keep everything in perspective,” Isler said. “We just need to keep doing the things in practice it takes to get […]